John Luther Adams - for Lou Harrison (2007)
Contemporary Classical | New World Records | 2007 | 62:59 | EAC (FLAC, cue, no log) | Front cover | 327 MB
The Callithumpian Consort, Stephen Drury, conductor
Since 1978, Alaska has been John Luther Adams's (b. 1953) home and a major inspirational source for most of his compositions. Almost all of his compositions evoke natural phenomena, in particular the wintry Northern landscapes, light, and colors as well as elements of indigenous Alaskan cultures. Adams's music thus shares aesthetic features with nature-inspired works of such composers as Debussy, Ives, Sibelius, and Hovhaness. Due to the use of certain "minimalist" strategies Adams s music is often classified as "minimalist" or "post minimalist." He avoids expressive musical rhetoric, prefers reduced and elementally simple musical material, and frequently uses sustained tones and static textures. Adams's compositions embrace just intonation, consonance, and modal harmony, and they often feature a meditative quality and extended length reminiscent of Feldmanesque dimensions.